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Archaeologists uncover early Va. courthouse

Monday - 7/23/2012, 3:55am  ET

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - An effort to update the streets around Stafford's government complex has helped the county discover a major piece of its past.

Archaeologists with an engineering firm uncovered remnants of one of the county's early courthouses, once occupied by federal troops in the Civil War. The find happened during five weeks of excavation work for a project to make the courthouse area more pedestrian-friendly.

Archaeologist Clifton Huston tells the Free Lance-Star ( http://bit.ly/NJHE17) that there's "no question" that the dig has uncovered the 1783 courthouse and clerk's office.

Last fall, crews surveyed the area and found broken tableware and shards of green-tinted glass from the 18th or 19th centuries.

The site's now up for review by the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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